The Cinder Worm Program

Sixth year running for this popular event
Register Now!  Applications taken for both students & mentors
Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Charlestown, Rhode Island

The annual emergence of cinder worms in Rhode Island salt ponds, usually in May, is a much anticipated event in Rhode Island.  Striped bass key in on the spawning worms, and feed actively on the surface, close enough to the shore to be well in range of wading fly rodders.
For the past five years, Dave Pollack and Capt. Ray Stachelek, with mentors from the Connecticut/ Rhode Island Coastal Fly Fishers, the Rhody Fly Rodders, United Fly Tyers of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Salt Water Anglers Association, have been facilitating an instructional program, with the aid of the US Fish & Wildlife Service and RIDEM. The first two sessions are devoted strictly to tying cinder worm emergence patterns.  One Saturday afternoon/evening is devoted to fishing them on Ninigret Pond.  Many of you have already participated as students and/or instructors.  The program, which is free, attracts anglers from throughout the Northeast and is usually oversubscribed.
We are doing it again in the spring of 2014.  Fly tying is scheduled on two weekday nights at the USF&WS Kettle Pond Nature Center, followed by fishing during the week of the 2nd tying class at Ninigret Refuge. There is no charge for this program.  Novices as well as experienced fly fishers are welcome.  Fly tying tools and materials, and fly rod outfits, are provided on request as needed.
Fly Tying: Tuesday, April 29, and Monday, May 5, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Fishing: Saturday, May 10, 4:00 PM to dark

We generally look for a student to teacher ratio of 3-1.  If you are interested in instructing this year, contact Dave Pollack or Ray Stachelek at
The class enrollment is limited to 40 students, on a first come, first served basis.  The program is free of charge, but Pre-registration is required for all students.
For further information and registration contact:
Janis Nepshinsky at 401-364-9124, ext. 28 or